So often we get so caught up in our own little worlds, in our own heads with our troubles and tribulations as we come and go through life to the point that we no longer see what is around us. People are in such a hurry; racing, racing, trying to get a little further ahead, oblivious to all else but their desire to go faster. And most of the time they are already somewhere else in their minds and hearts anyway: on the cell phone or texting…many will run you right off the road (literally and figuratively) if you don’t go fast enough or if you get in their way (but I won’t get on that soap box today!)
This day I urge you–whoever you are or from wherever you hail–to slow down just a bit, leave a few minutes earlier if possible and if necessary, and take the time to really look around. All is never what it seems on this great big planet, and very soon we will all be forced to see…But for today, just try to have a little consideration for the next guy and his or her flow; give yourself a little extra time and breathing space to really experience your surroundings, be it in a landscape, seascape, a particular street or building, a regional heritage, a person or four-legged friend. I’d like to share here a bit of the beauty I’ve witnessed in my everyday comings and goings, hoping that it will inspire you to take notice of the beauty around you, too.